Olympians

Angela Schneider

From: London, Ontario

Graduation Year:

  • BA 1982 (Hon. Philosophy and Kinesiology)
  • MA 1984 (Kinesiology)
  • MA 1986 (Philosophy)
  • PhD 1993 (Ethics and Philosophy)

Stats (results):

  • 1984 - Silver – Women’s Coxed Fours – Los Angeles

Angela Schneider was born in St. Thomas, Ontario in 1959. Schneider was involved in many sports, but it wasn’t until 1979 that she became involved in rowing. After competing at the World Championships in rowing in 1983, she went on to compete in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics women’s coxed fours event with Jane Tregunno, Marilyn Brain, Barbara Armbrust and Lesley Thompson, placing second. Her rowing career ended in 1986 and she is currently a member of Western's Kinesiology faculty, specializing in ethics.

Sport(s) played while at Western: 

Rowing, track and field, cross country skiing and rowing.

How did you get into the sport in which you participated at an Olympic level?  

Walking across campus during my second year of university, coach Jerry Patchell, who developed the women’s team, approached me and said, “Do you have a high pain tolerance, good flexibility, and enjoy good parties?”

What was your experience like at the Olympics?

It was very eye opening and wonderful. I was doing my MA, so I was very aware of the politics at the time. There were many firsts; the first time the Olympics started to make money and the first medal won for women’s rowing in the Olympics for Canada and it was also the first time that Korea ever sent a team. The rowers were based at the Santa Barbara village, which was separate from the main Olympic Village; it was a two hour bus ride away. There were far fewer females than males participating and I realized that there were so many countries that didn’t allow female rowers. It was also the first time computer technology was really in play at an Olympic games. We had this forum that all the athletes could post on and everyone was using “Star Wars” type language. It was really funny. It was a time where I really began to realize the cultural differences that existed. After the rowing events were done, we moved to the Los Angeles main Olympic village and watched the track events. I remember at the closing ceremony there were doves flying, that was quite something. 

Idol: 

There were hardly any female professors in philosophy and physical education for me to look up to so I would say my idol was Cindy Lyons. She was my high school physical education teacher who also taught math and was a great competitive athlete.

Angela Schneider coming home after the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.

"Welcome Home Angie."